Virginia Woolf Summer Events

Leonard and Virginia, as I Remember Them – Cecil Woolf
Friday 21st June 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Rodmell Village Hall

Cecil Woolf is the nephew of Leonard and Virginia Woolf. He followed in their footsteps by establishing his own independent literary publishing house in 1960. Among many other works, he publishes the Bloomsbury monographs, which celebrate the life, work and times of the members of the Bloomsbury Group. He was fourteen when his Aunt Virginia died, and had paid a number of visits to the Woolfs at Rodmell and in London. In this talk he will reveal fascinating insights into his time spent at Monk’s House, and his childhood recollections of Leonard and Virginia.
£10 – includes a glass of wine

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Portrait of Virginia Woolf by George Charles Beresford Deutsch: Die zwanzigjährige Virginia Woolf, fotografiert von George Charles Beresford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An Introduction to Virginia Woolf – Sarah M. Hall
Friday 5th July 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Rodmell Village Hall

Learn more about Rodmell’s most famous resident, with writer and editor Sarah M. Hall. Sarah is a prominent member of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, a regular contributor to the Virginia Woolf Bulletin, and author of Before Leonard: The Early Suitors of Virginia Woolf and The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury. £10 – includes a glass of wine

To the River – Olivia Laing
Friday 19th July 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Rodmell Village Hall

Shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year, To the River is the story of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One midsummer week, over sixty years after the author’s suicide, Olivia Laing walked Woolf’s river from source to sea, resulting in a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape – and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love. £10 – includes a glass of wine

Monk’s House Garden – Caroline Zoob
Friday 2nd August 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Rodmell Village Hall

Caroline Zoob, celebrated textile designer and embroiderer, and her husband Jonathan, were the last tenants at Monk’s House, where they spent 10 years caring for the beautiful garden. 2013 will see the publication of Caroline’s book about the remarkable garden that Leonard Woolf created, and in this talk she will reveal fascinating insights into how it has changed over the past 94 years. £10 – includes a glass of wine

A new VW play

“A Knife In The Whale”, a play by Liz Jardine-Smith and directed by Dominique Gerrard will be shown at the Compass Theatre in Ickenham (Uxbridge) on 31st May. “Virginia Woolf spent her life seeking to understand her own mind. This new play explores the links between her creativity and the mental illness she suffered throughout her life.” http://www.compasstheatre.co.uk/index.php/events/a-knife-in-the-whale/

Leonard Woolf Society

An inaugural meeting of the Leonard Woolf Society was held in London on 24th May 2012. The date 24th May was chosen because it was the day of departure of Leonard Woolf from Colombo in 1911. A Symposium on Leonard Woolf is being held on 24th May at Room G37 Senate House, Malet St., London WC1; there is also an entrance from Russell Square. Time is 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm. Registration fee of £10 for the Symposium includes LWS membership for 1 year.

Bring it on!

The script is written and has been passed around to various people for approval; the first read through was a success but in a quiet, thoughtful way; the business plan has been written and rewritten.  This week was our appeal for help!  First stop, the drama group…

It’s quite a scary thing asking for help, and also asking people to believe in an idea that has only been between two people up until now.  At least we haven’t been asking for money too!  Thankfully, we have some good friends, who although looking shocked by what we planned to do, have come through and are offering to help.  Fantastic and a big thank you!  We are very lucky to have some very talented friends as well, some of whom are actors, others photographers, tech-y types and many who are just willing to lend a hand.

Next stop was to hand the booking form in and as of 11am this morning the theatre booking form was handed over and it all became real.  We are putting a play on in October!  Website will be up soon, casting next…

To act or not to act…?

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Not so long ago I mentioned that one of my ambitions this year was to put a play on.  My talented boyfriend was writing the script and I was to produce it.  There was a slight misunderstanding because I started sending out enquiries about theatres to hire etc and he turned and looked at me and said, “I didn’t know you were actually serious about this.”

I am very serious about this.  Confidence darling!  All the signs are pointing towards doing this.  Well now, at the end of January the script is finished and this morning I received an email from the theatre saying that they had a cancellation for 6 months from now.  The universe is working with us to put this play on.  The universe obviously wants to see our names up in lights…I can almost smell the greasepaint already!

Can it be done though?  Can we physically put together a play in 6 months?  Things seem to be saying that we can.  First script read throughs coming up soon!

Family tree trails

Everyone is full of plans and ideas today of all days, but I wonder how many of them will actually come to fruition?  Is it possible to harness the hope and strength that people have today and allow it to empower them for the whole year?  I hope so…I have two projects to do this year – one of which is dependent on someone finishing their play, which I will then produce!  Yes me a theatre impresario…Cameron Mackintosh eat your heart out.

The second came to light only yesterday, but is so obvious!  One of my past times is researching into my family history.  I find it fascinating to know where I come from; who did what career; who did they marry – how did some of them get to meet in the 18th century living hundreds of miles apart? Maybe I’m just nosy.  I also love looking at old photos – you get a real feel for who your grandparents were and what they did.  The photos I have attached below were ones that I inherited for the records.

Tea party on the Wey
Tea party on the Wey

The ladies having tea in their boat is fantastic – one of the ladies was Aunt Win who was a bit of a photographer herself; tiny lady who lived to a very old age and was bright as a button until the end.  My grandfather is the one at the tennis party in sunglasses.  There is a whole series of photos at this tennis party and they show everyone is such high spirits – flirting, enjoying themselves and generally being silly. Lovely!

I have some stories to tell, but I think that every family has its own adventures.  So my plan is to offer my services to anyone who wants to look back into their own history.  It will be my own little part time business!   I will do the research, scan the photos in and create keepsakes and memories for everyone. So there is my idea – let’s see if I can keep the inspiration going?

A tennis party
A tennis party